Had a 1917 1892 44WCF saddle ring carbine that I purchased from an importer in N.Jersey that bought the well used 92s from So. Amer. I got the 92 late 70s. The US importer buffed and blued them and they were listed in some gun magazine for sale. I wanted one real bad and didn't care of the condition. Well, the barrel had pits and shallow lands and a large chamber. I still have a few swelled up 44-40 cases....pain in the a** to reload.
The story was South America bought the new 92s from Winchester without the wood back in the day. Mine had mesquite wood, looked decent....but, early 80s Rossi came out with first 92 copy. So I traded the Winchester for a Interarms 65 in 44 Mag.....Rossi 1892....only caliber that was available at the time. I was thrilled of the trade. Action was very stiff, so I got Steve's Gunz modifacation kit for the 92 Rossi, of which it is now easier to cycle.
Yes, as someone said that it is much lighter than my Navy arms 1873 early copy. Also a sweet carbine.
I did three mainspring work on three Uberti's but the lock time was noticable reduced which I didn't care for at all. I've since gone back to the factory springs. They're not all that heavy anyhow, in my opinion.
My local gunshop in Grass Valley CA has a very nice original 1876 in .40-60 (or is it 40-65?). IIRC, it is around $2500, but I will find out today when I am there. Send me an IM if you want more info. Not mine, just thought someone might be looking.
I have used a LEE turret press with auto index since 1995 (same one). I upgraded to 4 hole so I can use LEE factory crimp dies, and just added the newer ram with the attached primer arm (the old T shaped arm SUCKS!). 22 years later, it is still going strong, and has loaded everything from .38 S&W to 45-120 Sharps and 56-56 Spencer. (though really long cartridges like the Sharps, the auto index doesn't work). Currently I load .45 Schofield and Colt, 5.56, 30-30, and 7.62x39. The listof calibers that I have loaded in the past is too long to count.
The current style ram with the spent primer channel and hole, and the arm attached to the ram is a dramatic improvement. With the old ram, spent primers would get stuck everywhere, and the old style T primer arm would start to bend.
I think they just look cool, especially the old worn surfaced ones, with battle scarred wood. Mine is a Browning SRC, that I cut the stock flat and added a couple inches of pull. Glad to see this new 1886 section